SETH GREENBERG: MY 1995 INTERVIEW

Seth Greenberg, ESPN’s popular college basketball broadcaster and analyst, may not seem to be in my wheelhouse as an interview subject but back in the day, February, 1995, to be exact, that’s exactly what he was. I recently came across the piece I did on him while reorganizing some of my files and it brought back a flood of memories. Also, since “March Madness” has been cancelled due to the Corona Virus pandemic, I thought this an appropriate time to reflect on what was.
The interview with Seth Greenberg came about like this: At the time of the interview, Greenberg was the head basketball coach at Cal State Long Beach (CSULB) and managed to bring the school to the NCAA Finals for what I believe to be the first time. I was the editorial assistant for the Jewish Community Chronicle here in Long Beach while I was researching and working on Lee Marvin Point Blank in its earliest stages. My editor, Harriette Ellis, wanted me to interview Greenberg due to his involvement with the Maccabi Games, a sort of Jewish version of the Olympic Games, as well as the newly built Pyramid stadium at CSULB.
Obviously, interviewing an individual who’s claim to fame was athletic, proved to be quite a challenge to yours truly. My knowledge of such things is limited at best and other than touching base on what Harriette wanted covered, I was at a complete loss as to what else I would discuss with Greenberg. I remember that at the last minute, I decided to go with the concept of the cultural belief that generally speaking, Jews are not necessarily known for their athletic ability. Once again, for better or for worse, the result can be read below.
Oh, one more thing: due to the way in which I archived the article, the orientation of columns read straight down from one page to the next as you’ll see. Just so you know. Well, for better or for worse, here it is…..
– Dwayne Epstein

Seth Greenberg interview, page 1.

Seth Greenberg interview, page 2.

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